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Norma Park


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Norma Park Obituary
Norma Jean Park, 85, died at the Hospice Home in Idaho Falls on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, as a result of complications following a series of strokes.
Norma was born on Nov. 23, 1929, to Norman Nels and Edna Anna Christiansen Nelson. She was the second of six children, and she spent most of her childhood in the Weston and Preston area. When  she was a teenager, her family moved to Gooding, Idaho. She graduated from Gooding High as the valedictorian of the class of 1947. She has been lifelong friends with many of her classmates and friends from high school.
She attended Ricks College, where she served as one of the elected leaders of the sophomore class. It was here that she met the love of her life, J.C. Park of Salmon, Idaho. They were married in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on June 7, 1949. Three children were born to this union--Peggy, Pamela, and Kerry. During the first ten years of their marriage, J.C. and Norma lived in Salmon, Gooding and Salt Lake City. They have lived in Blackfoot since 1959.
Norma was employed as an office manager for Modern Motors, the Chevrolet dealership in Blackfoot. She then moved to Basic American, where she was a secretary in the quality control department. She retired from Basic in 1988. She made many friends at Basic, and kept in touch with many of them after her retirement.
She loved to read, and always had a book near her from her extensive collection. She also liked to go shopping, especially if going out to lunch was involved. Her greatest love, however, was her family. She rarely missed a game or an activity of her children or grandchildren, even traveling as far as Salt Lake City to see her oldest grandson's first t-ball game. She also sent wonderful greeting cards on every occasion to each member of the family, and always included a dollar for each year of the birthday person's life. Everyone looked forward to those cards.  
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, holding a number of callings during her lifetime in the Primary, Sunday School and Relief Society organizations. She was a faithful visiting teacher for many years, making many enduring friendships in this favorite calling.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Edna Nelson; and a grandson, Erich Paul Case.
She will be missed by her husband of 67 years, J.C. Park of Blackfoot; and her children, Peggy Park of Idaho Falls, Pamela and Bill Case of Tracy, California and Kerry and Ronna Park of Blackfoot. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren, Adam Park, Veronica (Kyle) Hicks, Tiffany Case, Thomas (Caley) Park, Maddi (Marshall) Tapp, Marisa (Douglas) Haycock, Steven (Shelby) Park, and Emily Park, who is currently serving an LDS mission in Bolivia. She has three beautiful little great-granddaughters, Cora and Gemma Hicks and Michelle Haycock. She is also survived by her siblings, Colleen (Don) Apgood of Idaho Falls; Keith (Jean) Nelson of Ogden, Utah; DeVon (Sharon) Nelson of Ogden, Utah; Kent Nelson of Waco, Texas and Wayne (Sue) Nelson of Blackfoot; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at the Blackfoot 6th Ward Chapel, 660 Teton Drive, on Saturday, Nov. 28, at 11 a.m., under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home and Bishop Jon Clapp.   A visitation will be held at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Avenue, in Blackfoot on Friday, Nov. 27, from 6-8 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10-10:45 a.m. Burial will follow in the Grove City Cemetery in Blackfoot.  Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Nov. 28, 2015
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